Grubb beats out 15 others to earn DAR scholarship
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By Natalie Gray  March 21, 2014 12:00 am

What does it mean to you to be a good citizen? This was the question 17-year-old Rancho Cotate High School senior Daniel Grubb was asked by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Grubb took this topic and wrote a speech that won him a $400 scholarship, which he plans to use towards his future college career after he graduates from Rancho Cotate this year.

“It was fun,” said Grubb of the application and competition process of receiving his award from the DAR. “It was very relaxed…all the members (of the DAR) were very nice.”

Most students might not consider this application process as relaxing as Grubb did, but Grubb is not the typical student. He is currently taking six advanced placement classes this year (Spanish, English, biology, government, economics, calculus and chemistry) and still manages to find time to play on his school’s tennis team.

“It keeps me busy,” said Grubb. “I do enjoy the work. It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy it.”

His school took notice of Grubb’s dedication to his education and his drive to succeed in his schooling. He was the only student nominated by the Rancho Cotate faculty and staff to be a recipient of the DAR Good Citizen award.

The Good Citizen Award is one of the many of scholarships offered to high school seniors readying themselves for college. According to the DAR’s website, this particular award is meant to “encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.”

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be nominated by the school’s representatives and students, recognizing he or she for your dedication to the school and display of good citizenship: leadership, school/community services and dependability. After Grubb was elected by his school to receive the award, he had to complete an application and was then invited to participate in a luncheon where he would be asked to further prove himself eligible for the award. According to Grubb, the selection process took a matter of months, after applying in October and not hearing anything until early March, and he was one of 16 students from the county to be chosen.

The luncheon was held on March 10 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. At the luncheon, the 16 students from 16 different schools were each asked to recite an original speech reflecting on what they believed to be the meaning of good citizenship. It was Grubb’s speech, where he stated he believed citizenship to stem from patriotism, loyalty to your countrymen and community and dedication to your community, which was chosen the winner by the DAR representatives at the luncheon.

Grubb was awarded $400 in scholarship money to use at the college of his choosing. According to Grubb, he has not decided on which school he is going to attend, as he is still waiting to hear back from two more schools. He has already been accepted to four colleges. Grubb said he would love the opportunity to attend any of the schools he applied for and plans to major in biomedical engineering. 

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